Jul 30, 2011
Hello doctor, i was with this guy (i'm female)since January, we've always had protected sex...always, but i've given him unprotected oral sex 3 different times.I got tested in may and it was negative but i still get anxious to the point where it's ruining my life. I get dry mouth, heart palpitations, excessive sweating and insomnia. I am still living in fear thinking that i might have caught something although my ex says he is disease free, i still think about this every hour of the day. This ruined our relationship because he thinks i'm crazy and i'm seeing a psychologist who also says it's anxiety. I have not been sexually active since being tested because of my crippling paranoia and worry. What's wrong with me doctor?
| Response from Dr. Frascino
You already have stated what's wrong with you: "crippling paranoia and worry." Assuming you took your HIV test outside of the seroconversion window period, your fears are unwarranted and irrational. HIV is not your problem; fear of HIV is! Seeing a psychologist is the right thing to do. Irrational obsession with HIV can be a sign of underlying depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder or hypochondriasis. It may also be a way of avoiding other more complex issues, such as sexuality, guilt, etc.
Your symptoms are anxiety related. Talk to your doctor about trying some anti-anxiety medications.
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